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Wolves Walk Away with 34-28 Win Over Redskins.

TOUCH DOWN WOLVES. Senior Kobe England celebrates with teammate junior Trey Melton after a touch down at Kingston. The Wolves beat Redskins 34-28 in Kingston.

By Jeff Mapes

Leading by one score late in the game at Kingston, the Davis Wolves generated a time-consuming drive at the end to preserve a 34-28 district win over the Redskins Oct. 7.
Davis took a three-score lead at 34-14 early in the fourth quarter. However, Kingston rallied and cut the margin to six with two touchdowns in the final 10:03.
The Wolves secured the victory with a 12-play drive that drained the closing 5:26 of the game. The series covered 44 yards, reached the Redskins six and produced three timely first downs.
“That’s pretty much been the Davis offense since I’ve been here,” said Wolves head coach Greg Parker. “The ability to win a close game is predicated on being able to keep the ball when we have it. That’s what we were able to do.”
“Our offensive coaching staff did a great job,” Coach Parker continued. “Our offensive line and our running backs blocked so well and Jake (Parker) did a really good job.”
With the win, Davis improves to 5-1 overall and remains unbeaten in District 2A-4 at 3-0. The loss is Kingston’s first in league play.
“It’s a big win for sure,” Coach Parker said. “That leaves us being the only undefeated team in the district. We beat a good football team on their home field.”
The Wolves had possession for 10:00 in the first half and earned 112 yards, all rushing, on 21 snaps. Davis built a two-score advantage midway through the second quarter.
Kingston took the opening kickoff but went three-and-out and punted to the Wolves 44. Davis scored the first touchdown on its first possession of the game.
Facing third-and-six at the 48, Luke Linville ran for 49 yards to the Redskins three. Jake Parker scored his first of two touchdowns on a one yard run with 8:07 in the first. Luke Pullen kicked the extra-point and Davis led 7-0.
Kingston committed two turnovers in the first half. The first came with 3:50 in the first quarter on its third possession when Brenden Rawls recovered a fumble at the Redskin 37.
Kingston was held without a first down until late in the first period on its next possession. The Redskins drove 52 yards in 13 plays to the Wolves 28. Malaki White halted any scoring threat, intercepting a pass in the end zone with 9:29 in the second quarter.
A big play in the kicking game on Kingston’s fifth series initiated the Wolves second touchdown. Colton Horton tackled the Redskins punter for a nine-yard loss at the Kingston 39 after the snap sailed over his head.
From there, it took the Wolves three plays and 18 seconds to score. Jake Parker carried on all three plays, the biggest being a 30-yard run to the Kingston four.
The senior scored on a four-yard run with 4:55 left before halftime. Pullen added the extra-point and Davis led 14-0.
Kingston’s best drive of the first half came on its next possession. The Redskins drove 59 yards in 11 plays and used 4:13 of the clock.
Quarterback Klete Finley opened with a 13-yard completion to the Wolves 46. Tailback Devin Tipton ran for 16 yards to the Davis 30.
Finley later ran for 10 yards to the Wolves one. Tipton was stopped on two straight plays then Finley scored on a one yard run with 42 ticks before halftime.
Rhett Coble kicked Kingston’s extra-point and Davis led 14-7 at the intermission.
The Wolves took the second-half kickoff and the two teams traded scores. Davis started the scoring spree going 62 yards in five plays.
Jake Parker connected with Trey Melton on a 58-yard touchdown pass with 9:50 in the third. It was Jake Parker’s only completion on the night.
Pullen kicked the extra point, pushing the Wolves lead to 21-7.
That two-score edge lasted only a few seconds. Tipton returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown.
Coble trimmed the lead to 21-14 with his extra point with 9:37 in the third.
Kingston scored three times in the second half despite running 13 plays and maintaining possession for 3:19.
The Wolves countered with 264 total yards after the break, including 206 on the ground.
“We are ball control, and our defense did a great job as well,” Coach Parker said.
It took Davis just three plays to regain momentum in the game. Tyson Moss made a 12-yard return on the kickoff to the 42.
Lane Rawls carried all three times for the Wolves. Rawls scored his first of two touchdowns on a 45-yard run with 8:27 in the third. Pullen kicked the extra point and Davis led 28-14.
Kingston limited Lane Rawls to 27 yards rushing in the first half. The senior ran for 130 yards after halftime and finished with 157 yards on 28 carries.
Linville recovered a Redskins fumble at the Kingston 39 with 1:47 in the third. It took Davis eight plays to record its final score of the night.
Jake Parker carried twice in the series for 13 yards. Lane Rawls rushed six times for 26 yards including a four-yard touchdown run with 10:03 left in the game.
Pullen missed the extra point and the Wolves led 34-14.
Kingston responded with its fourth quarter comeback attempt. The Redskins marched 60 yards in six plays.
Finley completed two key passes on the drive for 35 yards. His third resulted in a 14-yard touchdown toss to Ratzlaff with 8:15 left.
Coble kicked the extra point narrowing the lead to 34-21.
Davis was flagged twice on its next series and was forced to punt with 5:26 remaining. It took the Redskins two plays to trim the deficit.
Starting from the Redskins 49, Tipton ran for eight yards to the Davis play. Finley raced 43 yards on the next play for a touchdown.
Coble kicked the extra point and Kingston trailed 34-28 with 5:26 remaining.
The Wolves then orchestrated their game-saving drive. Dakota Carter returned the kickoff 36 yards to the 48.
Again, Jake Parker and Lane Rawls combined for every carry. Davis was 2-2 on third downs and Lane Rawls sealed the victory with his seven-yard run on fourth down at the Kingston six.
“The kids did a good job of staying after it and coming out with a victory,” Coach Parker said. “We kept playing when we weren’t executing at our best.”
Due to Fall Break this week, the Wolves play at home Oct. 13 against Marietta. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The Indians are 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the district.
Game Summary
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 7 7 14 6 – 34
Kingston 0 7 7 14 – 28
Scoring Summary
D – J. Parker 1 run (Pullen kick)
D – J. Parker 4 run (Pullen kick)
K – Finley 1 run (Coble kick)
D – Melton 58 pass from J. Parker (Pullen kick)
K – Tipton 77 kickoff return (Coble kick)
D – L. Rawls 45 run (Pullen kick)
D – L. Rawls 4 run (kick failed)
K – Ratzlaff 14 pass from Finley (Coble kick)
K – Finley 43 run (Coble)
Team Stats
Davis Kingston
13 First Downs 11
376 Total Yds 225
30:41 Time of Poss 17:19
61-318 Rushes-yds. 33-144
1/3/0-58 Passing 6/15/1-81
1 Turnovers 3
7-60 Penalties-yds. 3-25
Individual Stats
Rushing- Lane Rawls 28-157 2 TDs, Jake Parker 22-105 2 TDs, Luke Linville 2-48, Brenden Rawls 3-16, Trey Melton 1-12, Malaki White 4-(-6), Seth Knapp 1-(-14).
Passing- J. Parker 1/2/0-58 1TD, White 0-1-0.
Receiving- Melton 1-58 1 TD.

KICKING FOR THE WOLVES. Sophomore Levi Pullen with assistance from junior Seth Knapp help the Wolves win getting extra points against Kingston.

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